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Emotion ran high on Thursday at the Ogun State Judicial Panel of Investigation sitting in Isabo,Abeokuta when a victim of police brutality, Kamol Ganiu narrated how “unknown” police officers shot him in the leg and crippled him.
He lamented that his car was also seized and later released to his family on July 31, 2018 after paying N50,000.
Ganiu alleged that the DPO of Ibara Divisional Police Office , refused to produce the officer that fired the shot and also prevented the hospital from treating him.
He gave evidence before the panel sitting at the Magistrate court, Isabo, Abeokuta at its inaugural.
The panel was set up by the state government to investigate complaints of victims of police brutality, human rights violations and extra judicial killings by security operatives within the state
While narrating how it happened , Ganiu said after being shot, his mother and brother were detained by the then Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ibara division, CSP Bolaji Oluwasegun
The victim who walk with the aide of a stick said he was shot in the leg by unknown police officers of the Ogun state Police Command attached to the Ibara Divisional Police headquarters in Abeokuta on July 17, 2018.
Kamol said he was hit by the police stray bullet while he was driving at 3am around Ibara area of the state.
According to him, the bullet hit him on his right leg and came out to bruise the second leg.
Ganiu said, “When I was hit by the bullet, I managed to drive to the hospital for treatment where my mother and my brother were told that they would not treat me without a police report.
“My brother and mother went to Ibara police station to obtain the report but they were detained by the police instead.
“My car was also seized and later released to my family on July 31, 2018 after paying N50,000.
“They accused me of being an armed robber but after several hours of persuasion, they gave them the report, but by the time they got to the hospital my condition had detolerated.
“After the incident, I spent one year and two months on the hospital bed. I lost everything during the period.
“Early this year, the police from the command headquarters offered my family N250,000 as settlement fee to forget about the case but my family rejected it.”
The Chairman of the panel, Justice Solomon Olugbemi (rtd) adjourned the matter till Monday, July 9 for further hearing.